The small and hilly island of Rousay is a quiet and charming place. It is still mainly used for crofting, island farming in the traditional way.
Flanked by its tiny neighbours Eynhallow, Egilsay and Wyre, all these islands are dotted with an amazing abundance of prehistoric and other ancient remains, most now in the care of Historic Scotland. Some of the finest include Blackhammer Cairn and Midhowe Broch. On Egilsay is the lovely and dramatic ruin of St Magnus Kirk.
The main settlement of Trumland is reached from Tingwall on the Orkney Mainland, with a number of shops, restaurants, and amenities. It also has a small visitor centre at the ferry terminal with an exhibition on the history of the islands. Imposing Trumland House is a 19th century mansion undergoing restoration, but the gardens are occasionally open to the public. There is also a Heritage Centre on Wyre.
All of these islands are perfect for peaceful relaxation and wildlife-watching surrounded by wide coastal panoramas and some beautiful beaches. Seal and otter can often be seen, and there is an abundance of bird life, particularly waders and moorland species. Visit the wildlife trails at RSPB Rousay to learn more about these wonderful habitats.
Don't miss the smaller islands with a charm of their own.
Midhowe Cairn Enormous Stone Age tomb.
Midhowe Broch Fantastic Iron Age tower.
St Magnus Church Ruin set on the lonely coast of Egilsay.
Trumland House Gardens Imposing Victorian house.
Rousay Heritage Centre Exhibitions of local history and the island community.
Wyre Heritage Centre History of the tiny island of Wyre.